First off, this is my first "real" review on Puff and I'm still developing my palette, so I did my best to distinguish the flavors in this stick.
My inspiration for purchasing these sticks and reviewing them was this thread: Any details on Cigar Bids "Nicaraguan '90' Rated 2nds'?
I've known that these sticks have been on various sites, but I didn't see a review of them on Puff anywhere, so I thought I would try and contribute a little by reviewing them. Therefore, I decided to take a chance and low-ball on a bundle of them and happened to win. Anyway, onto the review.
Size: 6 x 50
Rest time: 5 days
Start time: 3:30pm PST
Partly Cloudy and windy
Wind: 13mph with occasional gusts
pic doesn't do the overall view any justice
Obviously, there were some imperfections on the stick itself. The foot was slightly soft to the touch, there were was a little damage to the head and cap to the stick itself, and a pretty large vein down the length of the stick with two small discolored spots. Also, I thought it would be a good time to smoke since the weather originally had a calm breeze, but the wind picked up nearly immediately after lighting up, which gave me some issues. Nice toothy wrapper.
Initial Light/Draw: Lit up perfectly, required no touch-ups throughout the length of the cigar. Draw was very good, not too tight and not too easy and stayed that way throughout.
Please excuse the picture, a gust of wind came along right when I snapped the pic and blew off most of the ash.
Ash: There was just slightly under 1.5in of ash before a wind gust blew it away before snapping the pic. It was also a very flaky ash, maybe from the soft spot at the foot?
Flavors: The most predominant were earthy and wood flavors, with an initial pepper spice that quickly dissipated. Background notes of leather.
Flavors: Leather became the star here, in fact this part of the cigar was very enjoyable. Earth and wood notes still present, but the leather took the driver's seat. Draw remained good.
Flavors: Earth, wood, and tobacco flavors were the main flavors here, the leather reverted back to a background note. Draw still remained good, but the wrapper started to peel away slightly as it got near the damaged part of the foot.
Smoke time: 45 minutes
Final thoughts: I would classify this particular stick as Medium to Med-Full. The burn was slightly uneven at first, mainly due to the wind I'm assuming. However once I shielded myself a bit the burn was sharper. Draw was great throughout and did not require any touch-up lights or any babying of any kind. There were other flavors happening as well, but I'm still learning how to detect specific ones. One surprising quality was the smoke output; it produced a good quantity of nice, creamy, almost chewable smoke which was very enjoyable. Overall, not bad considering it was ROTT and would probably be quite enjoyable with some age. At the price point they go for, I figured I might as well try them and post my thoughts. Would I buy again? We'll see! If they age well and I want some budget-friendly sticks, then sure. If not, I'd rather stick to a GHV2002 or Nica Libre at a similar price.
Thanks for reading my noob review.